Jazz Songs for the Student Violinist

by Joanne Keefe & Kevin M. Mitchell

Violin instruction for each song is completely
compatible with popular classical violin methods.


Full of important information for any aspiring musician.”
— Avi Friedlander, Director of the Barston Suzuki Center at the Music Institute of Chicago


The perfect violin supplement book to spice up your recitals while exposing your students to jazz!
  • Includes standards such as “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” jazz classics such as Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father,” and “Orange Colored Sky,” which Nat King Cole made famous.
  • Violin instruction for each song is pedagogically compatible with popular classical violin methods.
  • At least one piece for each 1–5 level, including two duets - and there’s even a jazzy Christmas medley.
  • Note-for-note piano accompaniment and score written out for each song.
  • Audio recording by master violinist and jazz recording star Jeremy Cohen (of Quartet San Francisco fame) performing each piece to piano accompaniment.
  • Piano accompaniment-only tracks also included for students to practice to.
  • Simple, easy to understand introduction to improvisation section allows students to explore basic jazz concepts - invaluable!

Endorsements

An excellent introduction for young violinists to the uniquely American art form of jazz and improv! The brief histories about some of our jazz greats are just wonderful. I wish this was around when my boys were learning to play – they would have LOVED it!”
— Maureen Byrne, Senior Director, Education & Community Partnerships, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Jazz Songs for the Student Violinist offers a step by step and user-friendly approach to playing jazz. Students learn tunes—each with an excellent historical description—commonly found in the jazz canon and learn accessible improvisational techniques using rhythm, embellishment, and the blues. This book is a wonderful supplement to the Suzuki method!”
— Matt Turner, Cellist, Jazz & Improvisational Music Department, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music

This is book is full of important information for any aspiring musician that would like to open their minds to the language of jazz and improvisation. With clear laid-out steps in learning how to play tunes, this book should set up all the important foundations for future roads in improvisation.”
— Avi Friedlander, Director of the Barston Suzuki Center at the Music Institute of Chicago